- There were no new public bills as at 31 December 2011.
- There were no new government bills as at 31 December 2011.
- There were no new private bills as at 31 December 2011.
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
- There were no new private members bills as at 31 December 2011.
UK PRIMARY LEGISLATION
Energy Act 2011
The Energy Act seeks to implement elements of the coalition government's Plan for Government, the First Annual Energy Statement and the Carbon Plan in supporting the UK's transition to a secure, safe, low carbon, affordable energy infrastructure and act on ambitious commitments to tackle climate change internationally. The explanatory notes claim that the Act is underpinned by three values: tackling barriers to investment in energy efficiency, enhancing energy security and facilitating investment in low carbon energy supplies. To this end the Act is chiefly concerned with putting in place the necessary legislative provisions to allow for implementation of the Green Deal, the government's flagship strategy to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the UK. As such there are provisions enabling the financing and facili¬tation of the installation of energy efficiency measures in homes and businesses. The remainder of the Act is targeted at securing fair competition in energy markets and the supply of low carbon energy.
UK SECONDARY LEGISLATION
The Water Environment (Relevant Enactments and Designation of Responsible Authorities and Functions) (Scotland) Order 2011 On 1 December 2011, this Order came into force. The Order designates a list of legislative instruments in Schedule 1 as relevant enactments and lists public bodies and office holders in Schedule 2 as responsible bodies. It applies in Scotland in relation to the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003. This will allow the Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to exercise their functions under those enactments to secure compliance with the requirements of Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy.